“ But we were gentle among you,
like a nursing mother taking care of her own children.
So, being affectionately desirous of you,
we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves,
because you had become very dear to us..”
—1 Thessalonians 2:7-8
The PATH Church is motivated by what God has done and who He has made us to be. God has given us a new identity in the world and we want to live our mission fol- lowing a new compass with different bearings. We want to use these four biblical pic- tures as a spiritual compass for each of us to gain our bearings in life.
Living, walking, and sharing as deeply loved, children of God is very different than just attending church. Among other things the Bible tells us to “Put on then, as God’s cho- sen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,” We want our people to be growing in this fact. If Christ died for you, then you are a beloved child of the king.
Through Christ we are traveling life’s journey with others and members of one house- hold reconciled through the cross. Living, walking, and sharing with others a their companion is, for us, a declaration of the overwhelming love of God, a tangible proclamation of the reconciling work of the cross, an instrument of worship, a weapon against sin, and a bridge for others to see the Gospel—all for the exaltation of Jesus.
We are told, “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus”. “Although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant...” To live with self-focused lives, is not growth in Christ. As we live, walk, and share in the atti- tude of our Lord we will naturally be looking to serve others.
Growing as an ambassador of Christ begins with stepping out of the “salt-shaker" to embody the gospel in our city. Jesus broke into our world, lived among us, and changed every- thing. The PATH Church is going to those around us, not waiting for them to come to our service or office. We are compelled to go into the world as am- bassadors of Jesus.